With all that said and done, you might want to consider the possibility that if you have a disability allowance paid by the English government, you might be able to keep this allowance regardless from where you live (in EU). I know this to be true for both a German and a Dutch friend, they live here in Finland, but have their (permanent) "sick leave" allowance from their own country, tax wise there is no problem because that is paid in the country you get it from and the Finnish government is not allowed to touch it.Pursuivant wrote:Hi bunnyboo,
I read this resurrected thread, and read all the fecal matter hitting the fan on page 2... OK, so let me give my farthing
I am not a "social person" always either... right now I am sitting in the local pub in "my seat" observing the chavs on karaoke. I "know" the locals, the locals "know" me and I do have a banter with them and the random strangers at times. But I am not in the mood tonight. And once you find your niche "you're awwright".
London for me, I go for work at times is a "pissant nest", but I feel there "at home" more than in some toff town where "everyone knows everyones business" & has nothing better to hyacinth bucket over their neighbors...
My English was taught by the nuns, my accent used to be very "American", which got an Irish lilt and these days a random south on top so nobody can figure where the f* I am from (but the old fogies complain of the "damn foreigners" to me in the pub so I don't sound like a wicked East European)
I do agree, while figuring out stuff is a challenge - a Finn can fare better in the UK than a limey in Finland. From experience. As long as you remember theres no zebras and the cars drive first and the doubledeckers come from the wrong direction... the bureaucracy is a piece of piss - they believe what you say as, unlike Finland, there is nowhere to verify it from. Except the gas bill
What you would be facing in Finland is all your disabilities being re-assessed by doctors and then insurance doctors so basically you'd be told you are fit to work and put onto a course... All this in a language you do not understand. So that is the bigger issue here. Finnish being the easiest language to learn and the current health system giving a flying fu...feathered ptarmigan
For the issue of staying in Finland permanently, the following should be considered if you do NOT get married: you probably have to have your English healthcare insurance, beware of reassessments and scheduled medical tests mandatory for your allowance, your allowance should be the minimum amount to make sure you do not need Finnish social system to support yourself.
For the next stuff you should ask adnan, he corrects most of us when we are mistaken, but I believe that after living here for 2 years together, you can apply for a permanent residence permit with all its benefits.
As for the being forced to work issue, this is a non issue, you can have the doctors papers from your home country filed here and it would be a rare situation that for English rules you are unfit for work but for Finnish rules you are, in my experience it is the other way around..
So if you really want to be in Finland with your partner, enjoying the nature away from the cities and the peace of the forest...by all means do so. I did
This is a country where it is still possible to not see anyone else if you do not want to.